REAGAN REVISITED - Mitch Perry

06/18/04

Amid the hagiographic reminiscences of the nation's 40th President, Ronald Reagan last week in print and across broadcast media, there were some dissenters.

One of them was Yale Presidential Historian David Greenberg, the author of last year's look at Richard Nixon's legend. Entitled, "Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image".

Last week in Slate.Com, where he is a contributor, and later reprinted in the St. Petersburg Times, Professor David Greenberg wrote about the 5 biggest Myths about Ronald Reagan.

But first, WMNF asked him about the comments made by Ron Reagan Jr. at the eulogy in Simi Valley last Friday night broadcast nationally. Reagan delivered a eulogy that castigated politicians who use religion "to gain political advantage," a comment that was being interpreted in Washington as a not-so-subtle slap at President Bush. (roll tape#1

o.q."a profound difference ")

Did professor Greenberg think it was a dig at current President (roll tape#1 o.q."Reagan was no different")

That's Yale Presidential Historian David Greenberg, the author of "Nixon's Shadow"...

The 5th Myth which we did not air that Greenberg wrote about was that Ronald Reagan alone ended the Cold War......He spoke to us from New York City earlier this week.

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